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Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Targeting Upside Late

August 28, 2018
Before you know it, it will be fantasy football draft time. Leading up to the season, I will conduct several mock drafts. During the drafts, I will pick in all 12 positions, with all sorts of scenarios.

As a rule, I prefer to draft three starting running backs within the first four rounds. It's a tried-and-true strategy that has done me well for 20-plus years. The mock drafts will all assume 12 teams are in the league (unless otherwise noted) with the following roster breakdown: a quarterback, two running backs, three wide receivers, one tight end, a flex position (running back, wide receiver or tight end), as well as a kicker, team defense and six bench spots. It's a 16-round snake draft. 

Here is scenario No. 11. (See also:  No. 1No. 2No. 3No. 4No. 5No. 6No. 7No. 8No. 9 and No. 10.)

I have the 11th overall pick. I'm playing in a points-per-reception league (PPR), which means every reception is worth one point. 

You can see the entire draft by clicking here.

Here is my roster:  

Round 1, Pick 11:
Running back Melvin Gordon (Los Angeles Chargers)

Round 2, Pick 2: Running back Kareem Hunt (Kansas City Chiefs)

Round 3, Pick 11: Tight end Zach Ertz (Philadelphia Eagles)

Round 4, Pick 2: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers)

Round 5, Pick 11: Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (San Francisco 49ers)

Round 6, Pick 2: Wide receiver Jamison Crowder (Washington Redskins)

Round 7, Pick 11: Running back Kerryon Johnson (Detroit Lions)

Round 8, Pick 2: Wide receiver Nelson Agholor (Philadelphia Eagles)

R ound 9, Pick 11: Wide receiver DJ Moore (Carolina Panthers)

Round 10, Pick 2: Wide receiver Keelan Cole (Jacksonville Jaguars)

Round 11, Pick 11: Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (San Francisco 49ers)

Round 12, Pick 2: Quarterback Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs)

Round 13, Pick 11: Los Angeles Rams team defense

Round 14, Pick 2: Kicker Greg Zuerlein (Los Angeles Rams)

Round 15, Pick 11: Wide receiver James Washington (Pittsburgh Steelers)

Round 16, Pick 2: Running back James Connor (Pittsburgh Steelers)

Some Observations:

FantasyPros hated this draft and gave me a D despite listing me as having taken the top quarterback, top kicker, third-best tight end and fourth-best running back tandem. But FantasyPros hated my wide receiver corps and graded my bench as the worst in the league.

So IGNORE GRADES. I like this team. I am higher than most on Johnson and Goodwin. And the longer Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey is hurt, the better his teammate Agholor becomes.

I grabbed two Steelers with huge upside at the end of the draft. This is always a great idea at the end of drafts: throw some darts. If they work, great. If they don't, it's not a big deal in Rounds 15 and 16. The waiver wire is your friend. 

Please try a mock draft yourself, as practice makes perfect. You can mock in minutes.

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